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Zvonko Karanović




Zvonko Karanović (1959) is a poet and fiction writer born in Niš, Serbia. Like the poets of the Beat generation he takes as his models, he has traveled widely throughout Europe, hitchhiking and often changing jobs. He has worked as a journalist, editor, radio host, DJ, concert organizer, and for thirteen years he was the owner of a music store.

He was starting to write draw on Beat literature roots, film, and pop culture. As a writer of distinctly urban sensibilities, for many years he was an underground cult figure and a seminal influence on a whole generation of younger poets.

His trilogy The Diary of a Deserters is the first such project in 21st-century Serbian literature, and is comprised of the novels More Than Zero (2004), Four Walls and the City (2006), and Three Snapshots of Victory (2009). All three novels received great attention: More Than Zero went through three editions, while Four Walls and the City and Three Snapshots of Victory reached the shortlist for the NIN Award, the most prestigious annual literary award for fiction in the country.

Books of Poetry:

Blitzkrieg
(1990)
Silver Surfer
(1991; 2001)
Mama Melancholy
(1996)
Extravaganza
(1997)
Dark Highway
(2001)
Taking Off
(2004)
Sleepwalkers on a Picnic
(2012)
Cages
(2013)

Neon Dogs – Selected Poems
(2001)
Box Set – Collected Poems
(2009)
Dark Highway – Selected Poems
(Croatia, 2008)
Drums and Strings, the Highway and the Night – Selected Poems
(Ukraine, 2011)
Burn, Baby, Burn – Selected Poems
(Austria, 2013)
The Best Years of Our Lives – Selected Poems
1991-2004 (2014)

His poems were translated into dozen of European languages. His work has been published in many anthologies, most significantly in New European Poets (USA, Minnesota, 2008)

Novels:

More Than Zero
(2004; 2005; 2006)
Four Walls and the City
(2006; 2008)
Three Snapshots of Victory
(2009; 2010)

Four Walls and the City
was translated into Ukrainian.

He received several Serbian literary awards for poetry and international fellowships for writers in 2011, awarded by the Heinrich Boll Foundation (Cologne, Germany).
Today Zvonko Karanović lives in Belgrade as a freelance artist.


Books by Zvonko Karanović published by Blesok:


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Edition EvaTas, 2014 

• Zvonko Karanović: Пепелашка во хромиран ковчег / Pepeljuga u hromiranom kovčegu / Cinderella in Chrome Casket 
• Jürgen Nendza: Во некои денови / An manchen Tagen / On Some Days 
• Ilya Kaminsky: Танцувајќи во Одеса / Dancing in Odessa


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Cinderella in Chrome Casket

Selected poetry by Zvonko Karanović, eBook, in English.

Translated by Ana Božičević.


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Pepeljuga u hromiranom kovčegu

Selected poetry by Zvonko Karanović, eBook, in Serbian. 


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Пепелашка во хромиран ковчег

Selected poetry by Zvonko Karanović, eBook, in Macedonian.

Translated by Igor Isakovski. 


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Пепелашка во хромиран ковчег / Pepeljuga u hromiranom kovčegu / Cinderella in Chrome Casket

Selected poetry by Zvonko Karanović, in Macedonian, Serbian and English. (2014) 

Translated in Macedonian: Igor Isakovski. 
Translated in English: Ana Božičević.

Edition EvaTas, book 16



Blesok no. 97, July-August, 2014
      poetry: Cinderella in Chrome Casket






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